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Federal Prosecutors drop majority of cases against Portland riot suspects

Over half of the federally charged suspects involved in the violent Portland riots have seen their charges dropped, according to court records analyzed by The Epoch Times.

Roughly 90 people were charged for committing acts of violence in the BLM riots of Portland between July and October of last year, and now 48 have seen their charges dropped per request of the U.S. attorney’s office in Oregon. According to the Epoch Times, “The charges that prosecutors decided against pursuing included assault of a federal officer, destruction of government property, and failing to obey a lawful order.” Additionally, 32 of the defendants who await trial have been pushed back multiple times over. The next hearing has been delayed until 2022, as courts continue dealing with a backlog that accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The majority of this group is free on bail. The U.S. Attorney’s office told The Epoch Times in an email that each case is handled on its own merits, while four people who were charged have entered guilty pleas and six were not charged, according to court records. “Cases were dismissed under former U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, a Trump nominee, and acting U.S. Attorney Scott Asphaug, who was elevated to his current position upon Williams’s resignation earlier this year. President Joe Biden has yet to nominate a new U.S. attorney for the state,” the Epoch Times writes.

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE EPOCH TIMES

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